RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 142   ABV: 4.75%
Developed at the end of Prohibition, Original is our flagship brand and still Schell's most popular beer. Made from 70 percent barley malt and 30 percent corn, it is the quintessential American lager.

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SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2005
In the bottle. Interesting aroma of tin cans, fruit, and corn. Pours a pale yellow similar to just about any macro. White substantial head that leaves us on time. Flavor is honey sweet. This is a surprisingly tasteful and pleasant lager to drink in the outdoor hot tub.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Amber in color, headless, and has mild malt flavors with big gobs of corn. "It is the quintessential American lager," the commercial description reads. This explains why I’ve become an ale-swigging hop-head.

Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Bottle pours a golden amber with a small short lived head. The aroma is of malt and faint hops. The flavor is low key, with malt and a slight hop finish. The palate is fine for a lawn mowing beer. Overall, not bad for a Pale Lager.

BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Looks okay, aroma is okay but virtually nonexistent; taste is like a mixture of corn, cardboard and candle wax. Very turgid, unpleasant body; extremely acidic linger. The most surprising thing is that Schell claims this is their most popular beer - perhaps it is quintessential to the "Red White & Blue" set, a throwback to the days of Prohibition when beer lovers would drink just about anything ... yellow ...

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2004
For a Pale.....and I admit I wasn’t expecting much....this really could have been worse. Of course after a hard day of work....maybe anything cold tastes good? I didn’t think it was the worst I’ve ever had.

badgerben (5373) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2004
Well, I think this lives up to the typical swill status. The corn manages to override the malt and even make it taste weaker. There is also a distinct "dirty" taste to it, like all the flavors are muddled together.

HipsterDoofus (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2004 does not count
Bleh. Yeah, Schell has a good reputation overall, but I don’t think they earned it with this beer. I’ve never understood these breweries that put out both great and awful beers. I suppose they just want to cover everything and maximize their customer base. If you like "real" beer, and want to try Schell, stick to a specific defined style. (Alt, pale ale, pilsner, whatever...)

beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Color is a clearish golden yellow, very thin white head fizzed away super fast as it poured. Smell is all sweet fruity malts, very close to a white wine fruity likeness in the aroma, late notes of popcorn as it warms. Taste is smooth, crisp, mostly malts of light fruityness and grain, over quite quickly with a light creamy feel with a light fizzy carbonation and just a touch of hops carries over in the swallow. End is lightly crisp and dry. Nothing heavy here, its all about the light drinkin' and easy-goin'-down-smoothability. Which it has alot of. Its just a bit boring on the palette, basic, run of the mill, slightly-better-then-macro beer. Perhaps with a little help in the longer lasting taste dept., this could be a very good Munich Lager style brew.

Aurelius (5652) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Good stag label, gingerale colored beer with small white head. Twistoff. A little flat, watery. Light, corny flavor on top of generic cheap American Standard. Very light and lightly hopped.

PorterPounder (8357) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2003
This was very refreshing after a 100 degree day in the South Dakota Badlands. Has a sweet aroma, light golden appearance with a decent sized white head - lots of bubble action. Clean, crisp honest lager flavor - no pretenses in trying to be anything else. Goes down extremely smooth.

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